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News & Information

Weekly Updates

October 25, 2021

Good Monday Morning All!

All Schools
As a reminder, Julia Tipple is no longer working with Driver Training. Please do not email her directly. A Message from Julia:

Dear Owners, Authorizing Officials, Training Managers, Instructors, and Beyond,
I want to thank each and every one of you that I have had the pleasure of getting to know and speak with (via phone, email, virtual meetings, or trainings) in my almost three years here at Driver Training. I have learned so much from all of you, not just about driver training and safety, but also about the value of hard work and perseverance. The businesses you run and the students you teach are lucky to have each and every one of you looking out for them. I can genuinely say I will miss working with this amazing group of people. I will continue to use the lessons I have learned in both my personal and professional life, and I truly appreciate all you have done for me over the years. As always, thank you for keeping Ohio's roadways safer!

Renewal Reminder: Please make sure you are pulling the correct checklists that pertain to your training program. This will clarify a lot of questions that our office is receiving. 


October 18, 2021

Good Monday!

All Schools
October 15th kicked off the 2022 renewals. Here are a few things to remember:

  • The deadline to click renew is November 30
  • Review all items in DETS to ensure the information is updated, this includes vehicle inspections, financial responsibility information, etc.

Deleting DL/ID resource - the card sent out to any school regarding the upcoming compliance with the new driver's license or state ID is being recycled. There have been some changes to the date for which all Ohioans need to be compliant. The card is outdated. You may access the most current version and RAQs about the requirement on the BMV's website at https://bmv.ohio.gov/dl-real-id.aspx

Class D/Adult Remedial
Organ Donation - For those schools providing instruction on the topic of organ donation, there are additional resources you can obtain through your regional service centers. The employees are also willing to provide instruction in your classes if you choose. The contacts and regions are here.

CDL Schools
If you are not subscribed or accessing resources through the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, please read through the latest issue of the Guardian. The article on "Legalized Medical Marijuana, CBD Products and Recreational Marijuana" is a good read and provides insight for employers, drivers, and prospective drivers on the use of marijuana in the trucking industry. You can access the edition at https://www.cvsa.org/guardian-magazine/

Office Update:
Friday, October 22, 2021 will be Julia's last day with our office. She is taking a promotion with the BMV. We wish her well with her new endeavor but that also means she will no longer be responding to driver training inquiries. Her duties will be spread out to the remaining staff. Please be patient with us as we try to fill the spot and juggle her duties also. We will do our best to continue providing assistance and support for your questions and needs.

Please make sure you send any emails to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov if you need anything. 


October 12, 2021

Good Tuesday Afternoon!

All Schools:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the upgrade to the Public Safety Training Campus (PSTC) has been delayed and is rescheduled to occur on October 28, 2021.

What this means:

  1. You will have access to the PSTC on October 11 through October 14, 2021.
  2. Access to the PSTC will be restricted at noon on October 25, 2021, at which time, all student profiles, course records, and transcripts will be transferred to the upgraded platform.
  3. Access to the PSTC will be reinstated on October 28, 2021.

The renewal period opens this week! On Friday, October 15, 2021, you will see a new tab appear in DETS titled "Renewal". Here, you will find the instructions sheet that you will need to READ FIRST. You will then pull the appropriate checklist(s) to see the renewal requirements. Please make sure you are following instructions! Our office spends a lot of time redirecting schools to delete items in DETS or send items into the office when it is instructed on the checklists.

Class D Schools:
The department needs one more larger school (1,501 - 3,000+ students per year) for the Ohio - Ready, Test, Drive virtual driving assessment pilot. The deadline to apply is tomorrow, October 13, 2021. The application is here.

Juvenile Remedial (JDIP):
The Microsoft Teams invitation for October 25, 2021 to review the JDIP curriculum has been sent to those who indicated interest. If you did not receive it, please contact the Driver Training Program Office.

Have a great week!


October 4, 2021

Good Monday all!

All Schools:
The Public Safety Training Campus will be down from October 11-13, 2021. The department is upgrading the training campus. On October 14th, you will notice some changes and find it easier to navigate. Your current logins will transfer over to the new platform.

CDL:
The training manager course hosted this October/November has 1 more opening. Please register quickly if you are interested. Registration will remain open for one additional week and close on October 8, 2021 for this last spot. You can find the details on our website at drivertraining.ohio.gov and click on CE/Training.

Class D/Abbreviated Adult:
There is some confusion in the field as to when is it allowed to step outside a vehicle while training. Reminder that if you are training a student in maneuverability, you may exit the vehicle and train from outside the car, if the following applies:

  1.  You are within hearing distance and can still maintain oversight over the student. 
  2.  You are on a range. The definition of range is a closed course that does not allow other traffic to pass through. If you are not on this type of range, exiting the vehicle is not an option.

Class D:
If you are interested in participating in the second phase of the Ohio - Ready, Test, Drive (Virtual Driving Assessment) pilot, and receive some reimbursement for proctoring the assessment, please see the details in the Bulletin Board announcement from Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The department has 2 openings for smaller schools (up to 750 students), 1 opening for a medium school (up to 1,500 students) and 4 openings for large schools (1,501+ students).

Juvenile Remedial (JDIP):
The department is reviewing the Juvenile Driver Improvement Provider curriculum. You should have received an email to invite for October 25, 2021. The virtual meeting will be focused on updating content and receiving feedback from the current providers.


September 27, 2021

Happy Monday everyone!

Class D -

Certificate of Completion - The new law passed for those who take and fail their first attempt at the driving test, and are 18 years of age and older, they are able to waive the abbreviated adult course if they can present proof of valid driver's education and training. The training shall have been completed within one year prior to the test failure. Valid education and training is considered a program already approved by the department. This also means that a student, 18 years of age and older, may opt to take the full driver education course. If this is the case, the certificates of completion used for the 15-17 year old students may be issued to those older. This will also assist the driver exam stations in determining if the course is valid.

Virtual Driving Assessment system (VDAs) - if you read through the proposed rules, the department has withdrawn the virtual driving assessment requirement. The department is pursuing a second phase of the pilot with twelve driver training schools on a voluntary basis for one year. Additional information regarding the details of the second phase will be forthcoming. Please be patient as we work through the final details before releasing the information.

Online -

Enrollment Certificates - As a reminder, enrollment certificates are still required to be mailed to students under our rules. The rule which will eliminate the need for enrollment certificates is coming, but has not yet gone into effect. Please make sure all students are still receiving both certificates for their records.

CDL -

Training Manager Course - There is one spot remaining for CDL at our Fall Training Manager Course at Cuyahoga Community College. For more information and registration please visit drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training.

Basic Instructor Course - The newest Basic Instructor Course for CDL Instructors has been posted to the Driver Training website under CE & Training. The course will be held October 20, 2021 at Swift Driving Academy in Columbus. Please register your instructors as soon as possible.

All Schools -

Rules Comments - As a reminder Chapter 4501-7 and Chapter 4501-21 drafts are both currently posted for commentary until Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Please review the information posted on our website under News & Information, Rules and send commentary to rules@dps.ohio.gov and carbon copy the Common Sense Initiative Office at csipubliccomments@governor.ohio.gov.

As always, thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


September 20, 2021

Good Monday to everyone.

Please read the following announcements as there are quite a few important updates:

All Schools
Program Reviews - For schools who would like to prepare for a Program Review, there are checklists available on the driver training website at drivertraining.ohio.gov, click on schools/enterprises and under your prospective program. The provided checklists include everything the field staff reviews during their visit.

Teen Driver Safety Week starting October 17, 2021 - The week of October 17 is Teen Driver Safety week. The Ohio Department of Public Safety will be posting safety reminders for teens and parents during this week through multiple social media avenues. We would also like to highlight some activities happening in and around Ohio centered on teen driver safety. If your school or instructors are participating in or hosting local events, please contact our office with the information and we will share them during the week of the 17th.

BMV Update - Please advise students and parents that the BMV is no longer scheduling driver examination tests by phone. For their convenience, driver exams can be scheduled online through BMV Online Services:

The BMV’s new, updated website is a quick and easy way to secure a driver exam date.

Class D, Disability, & CDL schools
In December 2019, the Driver Training Program Office was audited by the Association of National Stakeholders in Traffic Safety Education (ANSTSE). The findings of this audit indicated Ohio needed to look into the levels of trainers that are established. We already have instructors, who are trained by Training Managers, but who trains the Training Managers?

Our office has since developed the role of a Master Trainer. Like the National Standards, this creates a tiered program where we have Master Trainers > Training Managers > Instructors.

The newly developed Master Trainer Committee is a group of volunteers who assist the Department in trainings, development of courses, and provide professional insight into training requirements. This is not a licensure; it is a voluntary time commitment. In order to become a Master Trainer, there is an established policy that includes qualifications and pre-requisites. Please see the attached policy. Each person shall meet the requirements established to participate.

If being a master trainer is not a possibility at this time for you but you wish to participate, there is an additional opportunity to be a Specialist Advisory Member (SAM). A SAM is someone who specializes in specific areas related to training and management but who does not meet all qualifications at this time.

The opportunity to work with the Master Trainer Committee is open to everyone. Please be advised that the current established committee will be involved in the review and determination process of potential candidates of the Master Trainer Committee.

See our Master Trainer Committee Policy. If you are interested in being a part of this committee, please send your cover letter and resume to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov . Feel free to contact the Driver Training Program Office with any questions.


September 13, 2021

Here are the updates for the week:

All Schools
Reminder: Renewal season is fast approaching. Renewals are set to begin on October 15th, 2021 and will run until December 31st, 2021 as usual. More information will be coming in the next few weeks.

Class D and CDL Schools
Reminder: All "Student Driver" signs must be on the front and rear of the vehicle, at least three inches in height, and contrasting in color to the vehicle. However, the "Student Driver" sign may not be located on the front or back windshield of the vehicle. If the student driver sign is located on the front or back windshield our field staff will fail the vehicle for non-compliance. Please email us with any questions at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


September 7, 2021

Good morning all!

We hope everyone had a safe and delightful Labor Day!

Here are the updates for the week:

CDL Schools
FMCSA has developed an interactive Q&A to address training providers’ most frequently asked questions about registration. The course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and covers topics such as: General/Self-certification, Login.gov, Registering Training Providers, Registering Locations, Registering Multiple Locations, Instructors, and State Requirements. Please visit the following link to access the Q&A: https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/content/Resources/registration-Q-and-A/story.html

All Schools:
Certificate orders - electronic payment
A quick reminder for those making electronic payments - make sure you progress through the payment screens sequentially. Please do not use the back option in your browser, if you made an error in the information. This affects the ability for the system to link payment and issue a batch of certificates. It will take the payment but will not issue the certificates. Review all information before clicking next to avoid any mistype or inaccurate entry of information. 

Stacey Thompson will be out of the office starting September 7th until September 14th. If you need immediate assistance please contact the Driver Training Program Office at 614-466-3524 or drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

If your school has elected to release a student from their contract before they are completed, please make sure to send the records to our office first, and then let the parent know to contact us. This streamlines the process and allows us to transfer students without having to wait on a request for records to be filled.

Those wanting to file a proposal for virtual classroom must submit the following criteria:

  1. The mandatory hours of instruction are provided;
  2. The curriculum, as set forth in the applicable rules, is covered entirely;
  3. Each student shall have access to materials used to supplement the content (i.e. videos, handouts, quizzes, power point presentations, etc.);
  4. The hours of video and media is covered, as per the applicable rules;
  5. Interaction between the student and instructor shall be readily available;
  6. The final exam shall be proctored and provided under the guidance of a licensed driver training instructor, as stated in the program's applicable rules;
  7. Instructor shall be able to supervise the students and ensure each student has attended the mandatory training;
  8. Attendance is documented as required by the rules.

Class D Schools
Since we are receiving an influx of calls, the office wanted to let you know that there are several courses being offered that we are allowing Training Managers to take for continuing education credit this year. Posted so far on the website are:

  • September 18 in St. Clairsville
  • October 2 in Liberty Township
  • October 16 in Cuyahoga County 

We are also allowing Training Managers to complete the ADED course and the Capabilities CE under the Disabilities heading for credit. Or, you have the option of finding an online course on your own and having it pre-approved. Please visit our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information.

Lastly, the field staff would like to remind everyone there are three remaining MVI Regional Locations left for the year. If you have not yet completed your vehicle inspections and do not have a program review scheduled, please schedule at one of these sites. Site information can be found on our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under Enterprises/Schools, Regions 4&5. For scheduling please contact Julia Tipple at jatipple@dps.ohio.gov.

Have a great week!

August 30, 2021

Good morning, everyone!

All Schools
As a reminder, the Driver Training Program Office will be closed next Monday, September 6, 2021 in observance of Labor Day. Please look for our weekly update on Tuesday of next week. 

Fire inspections are required for all schools. OAC 4501-7, 4501-8, 4501-21, and 4501-54 all require that the place of business comply with all local, state, and federal fire regulations. 

These rules are interpreted to mean that a business is in compliance as long as their local fire department provides in writing their policy with performing the fire inspections. If a business supplies the Driver Training Program Office with written communication from the local fire department on the frequency of the inspection, or the reason they are unable to perform a current inspection, they are in compliance with the associated rule. 

Initial applications are required to have a fire inspection performed no later than one year prior to the date of the application. 

Class D Schools
There are still instructor continuing education opportunities posted to the driver training website. 

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is seeking interested participants in a pilot program that will implement Ohio Revised Code 4507.112, which permits third party organizations to administer the class-D motor vehicle skills test.  If your organization is interested in participating in the pilot program, please email Sydney King at sking@dps.ohio.gov. Additional program details will be provided via e-mail but please note not all interested parties will be identified as participants. Deadline to communicate interest is Monday, September 6, 2021.

As a reminder, if you have any issues with your instructor brakes provided by OS Brake please reach out to them at 800-450-9022 or sales@osbrake.com.

CDL Schools
A  Basic Instructor Course has been posted to the driver training website for September 15, 2021. Please submit your registrations to enroll. 

The last instructor continuing education is being held on September 3rd in Mt. Orab. Registration and information is posted on the driver training website. 

Remedial Schools
Reminder with the approaching renewal period, all remedial instructors are required to have continuing education every five years. This training must be taken or approved by your curriculum provider. Some providers may require continuing education more frequently than five years. 

The Driver Training Program Office is the curriculum provider for JDIP, so if you need JDIP continuing education, please contact our office. 

Have a great week!


August 23, 2021

Good morning all!

Just a few quick updates this week:

Class D Brick and Mortar Schools
As a reminder, the only remaining MVI regional locations are located in Regions 4 & 5. If you have yet to schedule your vehicles for inspection, and you have less than 10 cars and are not scheduled for a program review this year, you should be scheduling for dates in Region 4 & 5. Please contact Julia Tipple at jatipple@dps.ohio.gov for available dates and times.

Our office has posted a new continuing education for instructors in Columbus on October 18th. Registrations are limited so please register your instructors as soon as possible. For registration and information please visit our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training. Additionally, as a reminder all Training Managers are required to take Training Manager specific continuing education. We will not allow training managers to register for instructor continuing education. Please contact our office if you are a Training Manager in need of continuing education this year and we will work with you on possible courses.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety is revisiting the Virtual Driving Assessment system (VDAs) project. We are working to determine the path forward with the VDAs and need your honest feedback. Each school's Authorizing Official either will receive a link, or already has received a link by email to complete an online survey. It is imperative we have responses no later than end of business on Thursday, August 26th. Your input will provide insight into your position with the VDAs and the potential or current impact upon your business and your students. We appreciate your time and interest with this feedback. 

All Schools
We have received word from several instructors and schools that BCI is currently experiencing quite a long backlog for state background checks. A contact in the BCI&I office was gracious enough to provide us with this email if you are having troubles: IdentQA@OhioAGO.gov. Unfortunately they were not able to advise our office when their phone system would be back up and running.

Rules Updates
Our office is in the process of working on reviewing several chapters of our rules. Below is a status update on each chapter that is due:

  • 4501-7 has not yet been filed; they are temporarily on hold while final decisions are being made. 
  • 4501-21 will be filed within the next month with the Common Sense Initiative Office. Driver Training met with stakeholders last Friday to assist with the finalization of the drafted rules. 
  • 4501-8 is due this year.

The department will be reaching out to stakeholders soon to start working on these rules. 

As always thank you for all you do to keep Ohio's roadways safer!


August 16, 2021

Good morning all! Here are the updates for the week:

All Schools
Our office is now under the guidance of the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. As a part of this office we have new materials available for order for driving schools. Please see the materials order form from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office to order some new materials.

Additionally, please take the time to sign up to receive the Ohio Traffic Safety Office's newsletter, Trafficwise, if you have not done so already. To sign up email TrafficSafety@info.dps.ohio.gov to register. The newsletter is full of great Driver Safety information and resources.

Class D Schools
As the vehicle inspection period is ramping up our field staff would like to make you aware of some common violations that are being found during your annual vehicle inspections to help you prepare. These include: Lights (license plate lights, third brake lights, and back up lights), Student Driver Signs (do not meet minimum or maximum requirements for height), and color contrast issues with Student Driver signs (your sign must be a contrasting color to your vehicle).

CDL Schools
As a reminder, all students being credited with behind the wheel time are required to complete a pre-trip inspection each day. OAC 4501-7-28 (H) states, "...Each student driver, with the assistance of the instructor, shall do at least one pre-trip inspection during each day of on-the-road training." This means the training cards should reflect Pre-Trip every time behind the wheel is recorded. 

Additionally, this flyer has information pertaining to FMCSA CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse registration process for student drivers in training programs.

Thank you for helping to keep Ohio's roadways safer!


August 9, 2021

Good morning everyone! Here are the updates for the week:

Class D and CDL Schools
As a reminder, if you are currently registered for a continuing education course with our office, and you are unable to attend, inform our office as soon as possible. With the COVID pandemic we are limited on participation at our locations and have waiting lists. Additionally, if you do not receive an email confirmation of your registration, at least one week prior to the scheduled course, then you are not registered. If this is the case, you will not be able to attend. You will be turned away if you show up.

All Schools
The Driver Training Program Office has once again changed agencies. We are no longer under the scope of the Ohio State Highway Patrol office and are now instead under the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. With this change comes a change in how all new users will need to register to use the Public Safety Training Campus. This is for new users only. If you already have an account, this has been changed for you already. Under the attached new form you will see a box marked as "OTSO", please use this code when registering your instructors and authorizing officials for new accounts on the Training Campus.

As always, thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!

August 2, 2021

Good morning all!

Class D Schools
As a reminder, the final set of MVI Regional inspection locations are fast approaching. If your school has less than ten cars and is not scheduled for a program review this year, you should be attending these regional inspection sites. For scheduling please email Julia Tipple at jatipple@dps.ohio.gov.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


July 26, 2021

Good morning all!

All Schools
Please be advised that Valerie Wald will be out of the office and unavailable until July 30, 2021. If you need immediate assistance please contact the office at 614-466-3524 or drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

Additionally, please be advised that there will be limited phone coverage on Monday, July 26th and Tuesday, July 27th with our staff in training. Please email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Class D Schools
A new Training Manager continuing education course has been posted to the Driver Training website for August 30th in Geneva, OH. Please visit the website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for registration and information.

CDL Schools
Please be advised that we are currently at low enrollment for the CDL Training Manager course on August 20th. If we do not receive at least two more registrations we will not be able to hold this course. For more information please visit our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Information.

As always thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


July 19, 2021

Good morning all!

Here are the updates for the week:

Class D and CDL Schools
As a reminder your vehicle insurance needs to be current at all times in DETS. This helps to ensure when we are entering in inspection information for your vehicles we are able to do so. Please make sure this information is up to date before attending a regional vehicle inspection site as well as before any program reviews.

Class D Schools
As most of you are aware we are currently having a problem with the company OS Brakes' instructor brakes failing or coming unscrewed during vehicle inspections. Attached is a letter with instructions on the proper placement and method of installing the instructor brakes in your vehicles. Please take the time to read this letter and contact OS Brake with any questions regarding installation.

With the end of the extensions under HB 404 our office is becoming aware of issues in fulfilling student contracts within the 6 month time frame. As a reminder, you are required to finish all student contracts within the six month time frame allotted by the rules. Please make sure that your scheduling and student load allows you to operate within the rules. However, if you are aware that your current back log of students will not allow you to finish all contracts within the 6 month window, please contact our office as soon as possible to discuss possible options.

Two new continuing education dates were posted for instructors: September 21st in Cleveland and October 6th in Cincinnati. Please be advised registrations are limited, but both courses are currently posted on the website.

CDL Schools
New concise information has been published by the FMCSA regarding the ELDT requirements and who must meet them under the new guidelines starting February 7, 2022. Please see the below information and share with your instructors and students.

Which drivers are subject to ELDT?
The Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations establish new Federal minimum training standards for entry-level drivers. This includes individuals applying for:

  • A Class A or Class B commercial driver’s license (CDL) for the first time
  • An upgrade of an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL
  • A school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time

Beginning February 7, 2022, the ELDT compliance date, drivers must have completed the required entry-level driver training from a provider registered with FMCSA before taking a CDL skills or knowledge test to obtain one of the licenses or endorsements listed above.

How do the ELDT regulations impact current CLP holders?

  • Only drivers who obtain a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) on or after the February 7, 2022 compliance date are subject to ELDT regulations for obtaining a CDL.
  • Drivers who currently hold a CLP may obtain a CDL without completing entry-level training, as long as they obtain their CDL before their CLP, or renewed CLP, expires.

How do the ELDT regulations impact current CDL holders?

  • Current CDL holders who apply for an S, P, or H endorsement on or after February 7, 2022 are subject to ELDT requirements for those endorsements.
  • The ELDT requirements for obtaining the S, P, or H endorsements also apply to drivers who obtain their CLP or CDL after February 7, 2022.

How will drivers subject to ELDT find training providers?
Drivers seeking to obtain a Class A or Class B CDL or an S, P, or H endorsement must select a training provider from the public list, which will be live on the Training Provider Registry website later this year. Drivers will contact the training provider and secure their services outside of the Registry.

Please visit the TPR Registry on the FMCSA website, https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov for more information.

A list of current Ohio CDL Schools can also be found using the "Find a Driving School" tool on our website.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


July 12, 2021

Good morning everyone!

Here are the updates for the week:

CDL Schools
Reminder: CDL driver training schools cannot be advertising their school on the premises of a testing site, including the third-party testing sites. This does include your instructors, who are also examiners, not being able to wear the trucking school’s logoed clothing while testing students.
4501-7-34 (G) "No driver training enterprise shall solicit or advertise for business at or in the immediate area used by patrons of any office used for conducting driver license examinations. The use of an enterprise's licensed name on its motor vehicles or place of business shall not be construed as advertising or soliciting under this rule."

Class D Schools
Reminder: Any vehicle recently purchased or placed back into service must have an ad-hoc inspection performed by the Training Manager or Authorizing Official of your school before being used for training. The Training Manager or Authorizing Official should use the DTO 0150 form to inspect the vehicle, and within 30 days contact your regional field staff for a state inspection and decal number. All new vehicles need to be entered into DETS prior to the ad-hoc inspection. For more information please see the Vehicle Inspection Policy found here.

All Schools
Reminder: If a vehicle is no longer in use by the enterprise it must be removed from your DETS account as soon as possible. This creates less confusion when the Driver Training Office and field staff are entering in decal information for inspections. This also applies to CDL schools range and road vehicles.

Additionally, please make sure you are periodically checking and updating your instructor lists. We have had several schools lately receive licenses for instructors who are no longer employed with their enterprise.

Please be aware that with the ending of the extensions under HB 404 our automated probationary emails are back up and running. If you currently have an instructor in probation you will receive an automated email one month before the end of the probationary period reminding you to submit assessments for the instructor. If you fail to submit these assessments, and you do not request a probationary extension from our office, the probationary instructor will go into failed probationary status and will need to restart. Please email us as soon as possible with any questions regarding probationary instructors.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!

July 6, 2021

Good morning all!

A few updates for the week:

All Schools
The Highway Patrol released a newer version of What to Do If Pulled Over. This new video is available on our public facing website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under School Resources.

CDL Schools
On June 28, 2021, FMCSA updated the Entry-Level Driver Training Provider Registry website to enable training provider registration.  Training providers can visit: https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/Provider

When it is fully implemented, the Training Provider Registry will:

  • List training providers who have registered with FMCSA and self-certified that they meet the Federal requirements in the Entry-Level Driver Training (EDLT) final rule.
  • Retain information about which CDL applicants have successfully completed entry-level driver training so that States can verify completion of entry-level driver training prior to administering a CDL skills or knowledge test.

Only training providers that register with FMCSA through the Training Provider Registry, and certify their compliance with Federal and State regulations, will appear on the public list and be able to submit information certifying a driver’s successful completion of training.  The list of registered training providers will be available to the public later this year.

Resources for Training Providers
Training providers can access the following resources on the TPR website:

Resources for Enforcement

The ELDT regulations will improve safety by ensuring that all entry-level drivers receive and successfully complete comprehensive training from a self-certified training provider prior to obtaining a CDL, upgrade, or endorsement.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!

June 28, 2021

Good afternoon everyone!

Here are the updates for the week:

All Schools
Final Reminder: If your 2021 renewal has not been completed, all documents must be submitted and approved by June 30th for you to continue operation as of July 1. Additionally, if you have outstanding program review violation documents, or outstanding annual requirements for your instructors (physicals, assessments, and sexual harassment prevention course certificates) these documents must also be submitted by July 1, 2021. 

If you are in need of continuing education in the year 2021, you are not required to complete this requirement before July 1, but rather before the end of the year. All instructors or training managers who took continuing education in 2018 must complete their continuing education requirement before December 31, 2021 to complete their renewal.

Please be advised phone coverage will be limited on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 as we will be out of the office in training. Additionally, the office will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021 in observance of the holiday.

Online Schools
Online schools are required to submit an annual review of the security measures. This includes either the full security assessment or the attestation of compliance and a security scan.

Security Scan – The security scan is currently handled by the department’s IT Security Operations Group. Our office or IT will reach out to each online company to advise of the needs to schedule the scan. Upon receiving the results of the scan, any vulnerabilities or results that are at a medium level and above will be required to be addressed. The online company, IT, and our office will work together to establish a plan to remediate within a reasonable timeframe. Timeframes are established based upon the types and levels of the results.

Security Assessment or Attestation – the information provided in the forms will be reviewed. Additional information may be required depending upon what is provided. It is vital that the questions are completed entirely and clearly.

Online companies will be contacted and provided directions in advance of the requirement to submit any assessment or attestation. This message is meant to inform online companies of the annual requirements and expectations. It is not intended for online companies to begin submitting items. We will email you once the process begins.

Thank you for all you do to keep Ohio's roadways safer!

June 21, 2021

Good morning everyone!

All Schools
As a final reminder, all renewals must be submitted and approved before June 30, 2021 so that you may continue operation on July 1. This is only for schools who have not yet completed their 2021 renewal. Please be advised that renewals received on June 30, 2021 will be processed in the order they are received.

Please also be advised that instructor applications and enterprise applications may be delayed over the next two weeks due to renewals taking precedence.

CDL Schools
With the recent updates to Gov. DeWine's health mandates we are able to open up the Basic Instructor Course to allow for more participants. If you would like to register any additional students for next Tuesday's course, please let us know no later than Thursday, June 25, 2021.

Remedial Schools
Proposed rules were published to the bulletin board last week. Our office is requesting feedback on the new rules, as there have been some large changes. Please see the bulletin board post for more information.

Thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


June 14, 2021

Good morning all! A few updates this week:

Online Schools
The law regarding the elimination of enrollment certificates was slated to go into effect on July 1, 2021. However, because this requires a change to the Ohio Administrative Code 4501-7 that will not be finished in time, you are still required to purchase and send student's enrollment certificates. We are currently looking to the fall for this rule to go into effect.
Additionally, there is a proposal in the revised version of the Ohio Administrative Code to allow for electronic transmission of certificates; however, this rule is also not going to be in effect until the rules are finalized. At this time it is still against the rules to electronically send certificates to students. Please make sure all certificates are still being mailed.

CDL Schools
Another updated version of the behind the wheel training form has been added to our website for your use. We hope the newest version is user friendly. Please visit under Enterprises and Schools to access the new form.

Class D and Abbreviated Adult Schools
The Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio Traffic Safety Office in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are offering resources and information for parents of teen drivers. There is a web page from the Driver Training website that provides parents and teens information on three main areas: Ohio’s licensing requirements; preparing to drive; and driving alone. There is additional information under each of the three sections to assist parents and teens. Feel free to use this site as a resource and to point parents towards research based information as they and their teen move through the licensing process. www.teachyourteentodrive.ohio.gov 
 There is a proposal in the revised version of the Ohio Administrative Code to allow for electronic transmission of certificates; however, this rule is not going to be in effect until the rules are finalized. At this time it is still against the rules to electronically send certificates to students. Please make sure all certificates are still being mailed or picked up by the student or parent from the enterprise.

Remedial Schools
Two different continuing education courses are currently posted on our website for those who use the National Safety Council or Ohio Excellence for Remedial curriculums. As a reminder, all remedial providers who were due for continuing education in 2020 most attend a continuing education course before July 1 to be able to process your renewal. If you have any questions please email us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov 

All Schools
Reminder: If your renewal has not yet been completed for the 2021 renewal year, all documents must be submitted and approved no later than July 1, 2021. If your renewal is not completed by this date your enterprise will become inactive and cannot operate.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


June 7, 2021

Happy Monday everyone! Just a few quick updates this week:

Class D
Reminder: Instructors should be checking their instructor brakes before every student drive to ensure they are in proper working order. We are currently seeing a high rate of failure on vehicle inspections due to non-functional instructor brakes.

Registrations have been posted on our website for both instructor and training manager continuing education dates. Please be advised there is limited availability based on the facility's capacity. Please visit www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information.

Instructors
August 25, 2021 -- Liberty Township, OH 
September 13, 2021 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH (this registration is coming soon), 
October 5, 2021 -- Columbus, OH

Training Managers
July 20, 2021 or September 28, 2021 -- Columbus, OH

JDIP
Continuing education for JDIP providers has been posted to the Driver Training Website. Please be advised that this course is virtual and will be held over the course of two sessions on two days, July 26 and 27. If we have low enrollment for this course it will be cancelled. Please visit www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information.

CDL
On the Student Classroom & Behind the Wheel Training forms, there is now a column for “Total Running Time.” There seems to be some confusion with the intention of this column. The column is to keep a running time or accumulation of the total number of hours the student has been in the classroom and/or BTW over the course of their training. Please note*** The total running time for BTW training means the time the student is actually operating the vehicle. It does not include observation.

For example, if the student was on the range on day 1 for two hours and they were actually operating the vehicle, the Total Running Time is two hours. For day 2, if the student was on the range for Day 2 for another two hours operating the vehicle, the Total Running Time is now four hours.

Our office will update the BTW form in the next few days to indicate “Total BTW Time” to make this clearer. Please note, this column is not a requirement. It was added to make it easier for schools to track time upon request. If you have any questions regarding the forms, please contact Tracy Williams or the Driver Training Program Office.

Continuing education courses have been posted on our website for both CDL instructors and training managers. Please be advised that there is limited availability based on the facility's capacity. Registrations for the following dates can be found on our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training.

Instructors
June 29, 2021 -- Cleveland, OH 
September 3, 2021 -- Mt. Orab, OH

Training Managers
July 16, 2021 or August 20, 2021 -- Columbus, OH

All Schools
There are several continuing education proposals coming through our office. Please remember to refer to the Continuing Education Policy. Proposals should be sent one month prior to the proposed continuing education date to give our office time to review the proposal and work with the driving school.

Thank you for all you do in helping to make Ohio's roadways safer!


June 1, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

Virtual Classroom Providers
BOND - The bond required shall cover the cost of all students with whom you are contracted. This also includes students taking the virtual classroom. The students have contracted with your school for part or all of the program, including virtual classroom if it is offered. Therefore, they are included in the total. To figure the amount of bond needed, take the average cost of your program and multiply it by the number of open contracts or students. This is the required amount of bond you need to have.

For remedial programs - bonds are only required if you take payment prior to the day of the class. Take the cost of the course and multiply it by the number of students you have in the class. This is the amount of bond you need.

ROSTERS - If you are utilizing screenshots as supporting documentation for classroom rosters, the roster must clearly document the student name, as well as the student's username in the platform.

Class D Brick and Mortar and Online Schools
House Bill 74 will go into effect on July 1, 2021. This includes the provision that students must complete all 24 hours of either classroom, virtual classroom, or online before starting their driving portion. However, our rules will not be in effect at this time. Effectively, we cannot enforce this provision in the law until our rules are in effect. Once the rules have gone into effect, students who have already begun their online or classroom training will be grandfathered from the rule. This means that they will not be subject to the 24 hour provision in the law, as long as the student has begun the classroom portion of their training. If you have any questions please contact the office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.


May 24, 2021

Good Monday!

ALL Driver Training Schools

RENEWALS - Reminder that all portions of the renewals are due no later than July 1, 2021. If school and/or instructor licenses are not fully renewed, no license will be issued and you will be unable to operate until the renewal is completed.

ANNUAL REQUIREMENTS - Reminder that all annual requirements, from March 9, 2020 through April 1, 2021, that were extended are due no later than July 1, 2021. This includes physicals, continuing education, renewals, etc. Instructors should check with their schools to see what is owed.

CERTIFICATES - Reminder to all schools that the electronic transmission of certificates is not permissible. The current rule package proposes that change but the rules are not passed. Therefore, until they pass, certificates shall still be printed and provided by hard copy to the students.

Class D Schools

NEW FORM - There is a new behind-the-wheel training report available on the Driver Training website. The changes were made based on the feedback of schools during the 2020 town hall meetings. Feel free to pull the new document and use it if you would prefer.

We appreciate each and every one of you and the work you do in keeping Ohio's roadways safer.


May 17, 2021

Good morning everyone!

Here are the updates for the week

All Schools
Reminder: If you have not yet completed your renewal for 2021, all documents must be submitted and approved before July 1, 2021. As of July 1, if your renewal is not complete, your enterprise will become inactive and you will need to reapply as a new enterprise. If you have any questions about your renewal please email drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

Please be advised, the week of May 17-May 21 the office will be short on staffing due to hosting the training manager course at Butler Tech. Email is preferred this week as we will have limited phone coverage. 

Additionally, our Administrative Professional, Julia Tipple, will be on vacation starting May 19-May 26. Please be advised there will be delays in processing of enterprise applications as well as scheduling motor vehicle inspection times at the regional sites.

CDL Schools
As a reminder, ELDT is fast approaching. In accordance with Ohio Administrative Code 4501-7-25 (C) "Training managers for commercial training shall be "class A" licensed instructors properly endorsed to operate all classes of vehicles for which the school offers training. The driver training manager shall have completed a course approved by the director for driver training school managers. In addition to the courses on the director's approval list, the director may pre-approve, on an individual basis, additional conferences, workshops, or seminars, including a driving dynamics or defensive driving course, in satisfaction of this requirement."

This is also a requirement of the ELDT rules. Please ensure that all CDL training managers are endorsed in the course work you are currently offering to students. If you have any questions please contact the office or Tracy Williams at ctwilliams2@dps.ohio.gov.

JDIP Providers
Our office is looking to host a JDIP continuing education for the year for those instructors who are in need of CE. Please be advised that this is a requirement that must be completed every five years. If you or one of your instructors is in need of continuing education please reach out to our office no later than May 31, 2021 so we can schedule a continuing education course before July 1.

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


May 10, 2021

Good morning everyone!

Here are the updates for this week:

Class D and CDL Schools
The department is working on posting upcoming dates for continuing education for both instructors and training managers of Class D and CDL schools. Please keep an eye on the website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for those dates.

If a school would like to host their own continuing education for instructors, they do need to adhere to the continuing education policy. If you have any questions please email us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov

Adult Remedial Schools
As a reminder, all remedial instructors were due for continuing education last year. If you need continuing education please reach out to your approved curriculum provider to see when their next course is being held.

Those schools using the National Safety Council remedial curriculum: information has been posted on our website for their continuing education course being held in June. Please visit www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for registration and information.

Class D and Disability Schools
The department has made a slight change to the MVI process this year. Instead of using individual DTO 150 forms for each vehicle, you will now need to bring a pre-filled DTO 0142 Motor Vehicle Inspection List to your inspections in duplicate. The form needs to have all information except the decal number and inspector initials already filled out. 

DTO 0150 forms will be used for vehicles that do not pass inspection. They will also be used by AOs or the managers completing the inspection for a new Class D or disability vehicle. The new vehicle will then need to be inspected within 30 days of placing the vehicle into service.

If you have any questions please contact Julia Tipple at jatipple@dps.ohio.gov.

Class D and Abbreviated Adult Schools
As a reminder, if you have an instructor who is licensed to teach both Class D and Abbreviated Adult, you must complete two different assessments for them on a yearly basis. If an instructor has not taught any abbreviated adult students and the school can provide proof this will not be required. Please email us with any questions.

All Schools
As a clarification to our last post. We want to be sure everyone knows that only those schools who have not completed their renewals for 2021 are required to submit and complete by July 1, 2021. If your school has already completed the renewal process, then you will not be required to resubmit before July.

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


May 3, 2021

Good morning everyone!

Just a few updates for this week:

CDL Schools
The FMCSA has released a new course for those providers to take before the upcoming TPR registry opens this summer. Please visit their website here to take the course.

Virtual Classroom Providers
For those schools offering virtual classes, rosters have to list the students' names that were in attendance at the virtual class. You don't need their signatures if you are utilizing the attendance logs within the virtual platform, but the student names have to be listed.

If you are training a new instructor, the instructor candidate should sign each roster page that they were in attendance

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


April 27, 2021

Good morning everyone!

Announcements for this week:

Online Driving Schools
The department is currently performing the annual scans for each online link providing Class D (Teen) or abbreviated adult courses. We understand many companies are working on upgrades or moving to new platforms, however; since the online courses are continuing to operate on the current platforms and software during the upgrades, the scans will be run. The process includes running the scan and providing the results to the online driving school representative. We can then discuss the concerns with the results and discuss the next steps for addressing the results as needed. The process will be initiated by an email from Fred Seger, IT Security Consultant, requesting credentials and a good time to begin the scan. If you have questions about the scan or the results, please contact Fred. Otherwise, if you have questions about the process, please feel free to contact the Driver Training Program Office.


Class D and Abbreviated Adult Schools
The BMV will resume in car testing starting June 1, 2021. All customers will be required to wear face masks, pass a temperature screening, and pass a COVID health screening. All vehicles must have working front windows to allow for fresh air, and all students may only be accompanied by one other adult into the building and must adhere to social distancing guidelines. If a student does not follow these guidelines or does not pass the screenings they will be asked to reschedule. For more information on testing please visit www.bmv.ohio.gov or check out the informational sheet.

Motor Vehicle Inspections – Quick reminder with the upcoming vehicle inspection dates and times. If you are unable to schedule a vehicle inspection on the available dates in your region, you can always schedule for a better date in another region. Contact Julia for scheduling at jatipple@dps.ohio.gov.

All Schools
As a reminder, all renewals must be submitted, approved, and completed by July 1, 2021. Any school or instructor whose renewal is not completed by July 1 will be placed into inactive status.

As always, if you have any questions please email our office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov, and thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!”

April 19, 2021

Greetings everyone!

Just a few reminders for this week:

All Schools
The extensions for program reviews, annual renewal requirements, and probationary instructors under House Bill 404 were only valid for those whose requirements or assessments were due between March 2020 and April 1, 2021. If at this point you have a program review or probationary instructor assessment that is due after April 1, you do not fall under the extension and all requirements need to be met as usual. Please email the driver training inbox at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov for more information.


We are currently working on dates and locations for CDL and Class D instructor and training manager continuing education courses for the remainder of the year. Please keep an eye on the CE & Training page of the Driver Training Website for more information and registration.

CDL Schools
We currently have 3 remaining spots for our May Training Manager course. Please visit the Driver Training website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information and registration.


Class D Schools
We are currently accepting registrations for the fall Training Manager Course. Please visit the Driver Training website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information and registration.

Motor Vehicle Inspection (MVI) scheduling is now open. Please email Julia Tipple at jatipple@dps.ohio.gov to reserve your date and time. As a reminder, any school with more than 10 vehicles will contact their field staff directly to schedule a time.

Forms for classroom and Class A behind-the-wheel training reports have been updated and are now available on the driver training website under Enterprises/Schools. Please make sure you are using the new forms, and if you have any questions please let us know.

As always, thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


April 12, 2021

Good morning all!

Just a few quick updates this week:

Class D, Disability, and Abbreviated Adult Schools
Motor Vehicle Inspection regional sites, dates, and times are posted to a separate post of the bulletin board as well as on the driver training website as of today. If you do not have a scheduled program review in 2021, you are required to bring your vehicles to a regional inspection site. Contact our office to schedule your time slot for the vehicle inspections.

Enterprises with more than 10 cars, please reach out directly to your respective field staff to schedule a time for them to come inspect your vehicles.

CDL Schools
Updated forms for classroom and Class A behind-the-wheel training reports are now available on the driver training website under Enterprises/Schools. Please make sure you are using the new forms, and if you have any questions please let us know.

All Schools
A new distracted driving resource has been made available to our office that would benefit your classroom instruction. Please check out the resource at https://fixourroadsohio.com/distracted-driving/. Please let us know if you have any questions.

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


April 5, 2021

Good morning everyone!

A few updates for this week:

Class D/Disability Schools
We have one spot left available for the upcoming training manager course held at Butler Tech May 17-22. Please visit the Driver Training website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information and registration.

ADED is hosting a continuing education course on April 30th and May 1st in Massillon, OH. For more information about registration please visit our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training. Additionally, ADED will be hosting their annual conference in Columbus, OH September 17th-21st. Information is also posted on the driver training website under CE & Training.

As of right now, schools currently have the option to release a student from their contract if they feel they cannot fulfill the six-month requirement to complete a student, or if the student and/or parent is requesting to be released. If you are planning to release a student from their contract, then records need to be sent to our office. Please email the student records to us ahead of time at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov so we can immediately transfer the student once the parent has contacted our office. You no longer need to wait for confirmation from our office if the student has already been released.

CDL Schools
CDL instructor continuing education courses are now full. Please be advised that we will be sending registration confirmations within the next week.

The April 13th Basic Instructor Course is also full. We are currently waiting for confirmation on the May course date and will post as soon as possible.

We currently have open spots for the May CDL Training Manager course. Please visit the Driver Training website for more information and registration.

All Schools
On Wednesday, House Bill 74 was passed into law by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and it has a few changes for Driver Training. These changes include: all students must complete 24 hours of online or in person classroom work before beginning behind the wheel instruction (Class D, Disability, and Online) and the introduction of Online Remedial courses. The law does not take effect until July 1, 2021, and while we understand everyone is eager for more information, we will need to look at our current rules before we can provide an in depth look at what this means for driver training.

Lastly, JoAnne Proehl, an Administrative Professional in our office, will be off this week. Please be advised she is primarily in charge of instructor applications, and therefore your processing time for new instructors may be delayed.

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


March 29, 2021

A few reminders for this week:

All Schools
April 1 is fast approaching and we need to clarify a few things regarding the extension under HB 404. The bill provided and extension to all program review requirements and probationary instructors assessments submitted between March 13, 2020 until April 1, 2021, until July 1, 2021. This means that any program review requirements, probationary instructor assessments, or warning letter requirements due after April 1, 2021 do not fall under the extensions. Please keep this in mind moving forward and make sure everything is submitted in a timely manner.

Remedial Instructors
Under our rules, all remedial instructors are now due for continuing education every five years. Please make sure this is being submitted with your renewals if required.

Class D and CDL Schools
Reminder: When filling out the assessment forms for new, probationary, or existing instructors; please make sure you are filling out all the required sections of the form before submission. Particularly the state mandated topic section. We will kick back forms that are not filled out correctly, or that are outdated.

Class D Schools
This is a final reminder that we have two continuing education courses being held in Dayton on April 14th and 15th for instructors. Priority registration will be given to those who missed their continuing education in 2020. Registrations are due by April 2, 2021. Please visit our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information.

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


March 22, 2021

Good morning everyone!

A few updates and reminders for this week:

Class D Schools
Reminder: There are upcoming continuing education courses currently posted on our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training. The dates are April 14th and 15th for instructors and May 4th for training managers. These courses will have priority registration for those instructors who did not meet the continuing education requirement in 2020. The classes are limited to 12 people, so please make sure to register as soon as possible. Those instructors needing continuing education for 2021 will have additional opportunities later in the year.

**There is a cost for the training manager continuing education.  If you are a training manager, you are required to take training manager specific continuing education. We will not allow training managers to take the instructor continuing education course. 

CDL Schools
Reminder: There are instructor continuing education courses posted on our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training. The April 23rd class is currently full, and we have 8 spots left for April 30th. Priority registration is being given to those instructors who did not meet their continuing education requirement in 2020. Additional continuing educations will be posted later in the year for those instructors who need continuing education in 2021.

**If you are a training manager, you are required to take training manager specific continuing education. We will not allow training managers to take the instructor continuing education course. 

Additionally, the office would like to make all CDL schools aware of a webinar hosted by the FMCSA on March 4th regarding the upcoming ELDT changes. Access to the recording and powerpoint presentation will be posted on our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under News & Information, CDL ELDT Updates. Also, FMCSA has created additional materials to help providers prepare for the upcoming ELDT changes. These include a checklist and curricula summary, which can be found on the CDL ELDT Updates portion of this page. For more information please visit the FMCSA website www.fmcsa.dot.gov

All Schools
A fix has finally been deployed to allow us to print renewal licenses for the year 2021. If you have not yet received your licenses for the year, but have received confirmation that your renewal is complete, your licenses will be mailed within the next two weeks.

Lastly, please make sure you are using the most current and up to date material order form from our website when ordering. We have several materials that are no longer available for order including: Choose Your Move cards and Amtrak DVDS. We also have several new materials including the most up to date Organ Donation DVD and Yellow Arrow posters. Please email all material orders to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov, if a material order is faxed, it may take longer to fill, as the office is still teleworking. Please also be advised of delays in processing due to our teleworking status.

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


March 15, 2021

Good morning everyone!

A few updates for this week:

Class D Schools

Continuing education courses have been posted for April 14th and 15th for instructors and May 4th for training managers at Professional Driving Systems Driving School. There is a cost for the May 4th training manager continuing education. The courses are limited to 12 participants for each date. Those instructors who were due for CE credit for 2020 will take priority. We will post more continuing educations later in the year for those who are due in 2021 for their continuing education requirement. Please visit the driver training website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for the registrations.

CDL Schools

Continuing education courses have been posted for April 23rd and 30th for instructors at Swift Driving Academy. The courses are limited to 15 participants for each date. Those instructors, who were due for CE credit for 2020 will take priority. We will post more continuing education opportunities later in the year for those who are due for CE in 2021. Please visit the driver training website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for the registrations.

All CDL and Class D Schools

Two training manager courses have also been posted to our website. These courses will be held in person and there is a cost for the course. The first course is being held May 17th through 22nd at Butler Tech and the second course is being held on three consecutive weekends at Cuyahoga Community College; October 23rd and 24th, October 30th and 31st, and November 6th and 7th. Please visit the driver training website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information.

Reminders:

As a reminder, under Ohio Administrative Codes 4501-7-17 (Class D and Disability) and 4501-7-33 (CDL) the use of a driver examination test route or test pad is not allowed during business hours. It is our job as driver training instructors to teach students the skills they need to be safe drivers, not to only teach them how to pass their driving examination. Please make sure all instructors and training managers are complying with this rule.

Spring is almost here and our field staff would like to remind all schools that vehicle inspections are quickly approaching. Please make sure you are completing all maintenance as required on your vehicles so that inspections are easy and breezy in the near future. Inspection site dates and times will be posted to the bulletin board and on our website within the next few weeks.

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


March 8, 2021

Good morning everyone!

Online Schools

Please be on the lookout from communications from our IT office regarding a security assessment. As a reminder, this is a requirement to stay in compliance with our rules, and the IT department will need to scan your system for vulnerabilities.

All Schools

Instructor license printing has now been fixed by our office. Be on the lookout for any new instructor or probationary licenses to come in the mail within the next 10-14 business days. We have not, however, been able to fix the printing issue for renewal licenses. We are currently working on a solution and will update you when we have more information. At this time due to HB 404 you are still fine to operate on your 2020 licenses.

This is a final reminder that all comments on the rules package are due by Tuesday, March 9, 2021. More information is currently posted on the bulletin board as well as on the Driver Training website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under News & Information, Rules.

As always, thank you for all the work you do to make our roadways safer!


March 1, 2021

Good morning all!

Just a few reminders for this week's announcements:

Class D and CDL Schools

When purchasing a new vehicle or reactivating a vehicle that has been deactivated prior to receiving a department inspection, please make sure to add the vehicle information to DETS before the field staff completes your vehicle inspection. This ensures a speedy process when updating the inspection dates and decal numbers to DETS once the inspection has been completed.

Our office is looking to post continuing education dates for those instructors and training managers who did not meet their continuing education requirement for 2020 within the next week. Please keep an eye on the Driver Training Website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training. **Please note, for those who are due for continuing education in 2021, we will be posting additional dates throughout the year, but we are attempting to ensure those who missed to 2020 deadlines are caught up before the July 1, 2021 cut off.**

Abbreviated Adult Schools

Clarification on House Bill 68, which contains a new provision for drivers, who take their exam after age 18 and fail, receive an exemption from the abbreviated adult course if they have taken an approved course within 12 months of testing. This does not go into effect until April 12, 2021. This means that any student who takes and fails their exam before this date will need to take an abbreviated adult course, regardless if they have taken prior training. The exemption will only apply to students who take and fail their exam after this date.

CDL Schools

Two new dates have been posted on the Driver Training website for the Basic Instructor Course. March 9th and April 13th. Please note at this time we have a limited number of available spots for our courses. There is a maximum limit of 2 registrations per school and 8 total open spots for students. Once we have reached that number we will not be able to take any additional registrations.

Class D, Disability, Online, and CDL Schools

Earlier this week an update was posted regarding the filing of Ohio Administrative Code 4501-7. The rules are currently open for public comment through the Common Sense Initiative Office. All comments are due by March 9, 2021. For more information please see our post from February 22, 2021, or visit our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under News & Information, Rules.

As always, thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!

CDL ELDT Updates

March 19, 2021

The FMCSA recently held a webinar on March 4, 2021 for training providers to begin preparing for the upcoming ELDT updates. The webinar has been recorded and is available, along with powerpoint slides, to those who were unable to attend. Please access the webinar HERE and the powerpoint slides HERE. Additionally, FMCSA has also created materials to help training providers prepare for the upcoming ELDT changes. A checklist can be found HERE and a curricula summary can be found HERE. For more information, please visit the FMCSA website.


March 4, 2021

Please see the attached documents for the latest ELDT information.


January 25, 2021

Training Provider Registry (TPR) Web Service Testing is now Available from FMCSA for ELDT

Testing services are available by clicking on TPR Registry Developer's Toolkit
Complete instructions are included by clicking on Web Services Handbook
If you have any technical questions click on Contact Us

 

Rules

You are invited to offer public comment as outlined in this notice regarding proposed amendments/additions/no change filings to Chapter 4501-21 of the Ohio Administrative Code (O.A.C.) entitled "Remedial Driving Courses.”  in accordance with Section 107.54 of the Revised Code, which require state agencies, including the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio State Highway Patrol, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community and provide opportunity for interested parties to submit feedback regarding proposed rules.

Public comments may be submitted through 11:59 p.m. on September 29, 2021. Please send comments to rules@dps.ohio.gov and copy the Common Sense Initiative Office at csipubliccomments@governor.ohio.gov

BIA 4501-21 Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
Chapter 4501-21 Proposed Rules

You are invited to offer public comment as outlined in this notice regarding proposed amendments/additions/no change filings to Chapter 4501-7 of the Ohio Administrative Code (O.A.C.) entitled "Commercial Driver Training Schools.”  in accordance with Section 107.54 of the Revised Code, which require state agencies, including the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio State Highway Patrol, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community and provide opportunity for interested parties to submit feedback regarding proposed rules.

Public comments may be submitted through 11:59 p.m. on September 29, 2021. Please send comments to rules@dps.ohio.gov and copy the Common Sense Initiative Office at csipubliccomments@governor.ohio.gov

BIA 4501-7 (Resubmission) Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
Chapter 4501-7(Resubmission) Proposed Rules

 

Program Announcements

August 30, 2021

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is seeking interested participants in a pilot program that will implement Ohio Revised Code 4507.112, which permits third party organizations to administer the class-D motor vehicle skills test.  If your organization is interested in participating in the pilot program, please email Sydney King at sking@dps.ohio.gov. Additional program details will be provided via e-mail but please note not all interested parties will be identified as participants. Deadline to communicate interest is Monday, September 6, 2021.


November 25, 2020

Late on Monday, November 23, 2020, the Governor signed HB 404 into law. The law extends deadlines and license requirements until July 1, 2021.

Annual license requirements
The house bill provides for extensions of deadlines for requirements that expired on or after March 9, 2020 through April 1, 2021. Under the new law, the requirements and would be completed no later than July 1, 2021. This pertains to the annual requirements needed to renew or maintain a license such as the annual physical, driving abstracts, background checks (if applicable), continuing education requirements, and assessments. An instructor or school license will not be considered in violation for those requirements that expired on and after March 9th through April 1, 2021. Be advised that these items are still required, however, the time in which they need to be completed is extended until July 1, 2021.

2021 License and Certification Renewals
The new law affects the current renewal season for 2021. Those who have successfully completed their renewals will receive their licenses for 2021. Those who have not completed will have to complete the renewals no later than July 1, 2021. 2021 licenses and certificates to operate will not be sent out without a completed renewal. Schools and instructors may choose to continue to renew prior to the new deadline. Our office will continue to review and renew the licenses and certifications as they are submitted.

Licenses to teach and/or train
Instructors will have to maintain their license on them at all times they are teaching. If they have not received the 2021 renewed license, the 2020 license will remain in effect until July 1, 2021. In this case, the 2020 license will need to remain on the instructor during times of teaching and/or training.

Initial Instructor Training and Applications
These time extensions do not apply to an initial or first time applications. Please contact our office with any concerns with upcoming background check or driving abstract expirations.

Probationary Instructor Licenses
Probationary instructors will receive the extension also. If the school choses to complete the assessments and get an instructor licensed prior to the extended deadline of July 1, 2021, they may do so. The probationary instructor shall serve at least 180 days on probation before being passed.

Ohio BMV Extensions
The Ohio BMV posted the following announcement today to their website at bmv.ohio.gov. "Due to the ongoing pandemic, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has signed Ohio House Bill 404, which extends the expiration date of driver licenses (DL), identification cards (ID), and vehicle registrations beyond December 1, 2020. Now, if a customer's expiration date on their DL, ID, or vehicle registration is March 9, 2020, to April 1, 2021, the expiration date has been automatically extended and will remain valid until July 1, 2021."

For additional related topics and questions pertaining to the BMV, please contact them directly.


August 20, 2020

The Ohio Department of Transportation is piloting the use of Flashing Yellow Arrows. ODOT has provided the below You Tube link and attached reference guide regarding the use of these arrows. If you have any questions, please contact our office.


March 30, 2020

To assist in prevention of spreading the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Ohio's Department of Health Director issued an order advising most businesses to close their doors but those considered essential. The department has advised each driving school to determine their own course of action in response to these orders.

Some of the CDL schools have closed their doors in response and some have not. If you are a state licensed CDL driver training instructor, who is currently unemployed due to a closure of your driving school, there is potential opportunity to work temporarily with another CDL school in the interim. Please contact our office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

If you are an employer who is in need of state licensed CDL driver training instructors, please contact our office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

During this unprecedented time, we encourage the driving school communities to connect with each other and discuss potential opportunities to continue serving Ohioans.


March 13, 2020

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued an executive order declaring an emergency for the state in response to the evolving situation with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Be advised that there will be disruptions in service from our office during this time of emergency. E-mail communication is the best method for contacting our office. Responses to phone calls and faxed or mailed items will be delayed. Applications will have extended response times. If you have an immediate request, please contact us through the drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov email.

Our staff is dedicated to continuing to provide support during this extenuating time. We appreciate your patience.


March 18, 2020

Dear driving school owners and operators,

I want to send my gratitude to all of you for your patience during this unprecedented time. We have relayed all of your concerns to the decision makers and will update you as the information is provided to us.

Currently, the Ohio Department of Public Safety is not mandating driving schools to close. If the Governor mandates this, we will advise you. For now, we are continuing to operate and should a driving school decide to continue operations, follow the provided national and state guidelines:

  1. Group gatherings of no more than 10 people;
  2. Practice social distancing. Recommended 6 feet of space between people;
  3. Sanitize frequently and often, this includes the classrooms and vehicles. The virus can sustain on hard surfaces for up to 6 or more hours. Use Lysol and if using hand sanitizer, use a brand with 65% alcohol base.
  4. If any student and/or instructor feels ill, cancel the lesson. You may elect to create a policy addressing this.

Accommodations

Class D and abbreviated adult schools: Driver Training schools may utilize online classroom instruction through the Department of Public Safety approved online providers.

Adult Remedial: The department approved 3 online providers for those adults needing to take a defensive driving course but reside out of the state. This online option will be available for all Ohioans. The providers are: the National Safety Council, AAA Defensive Driving, and idrivesafely.com.

Commercial Driver's License (CDL) schools: The use of technology for the classroom is an option during this time. The schools, choosing to use technology for the classroom, shall demonstrate how the training program will meet the following criteria before using it:

  • The minimum of 40 hours of content is delivered to the student;
  • The curriculum requirements, set forth in OAC 4501-7-28, is covered in its entirety;
  • Each student shall have access to materials used to supplement the content (i.e. videos, handouts, power point presentation, quizzes, etc.);
  • Instructor shall be able to supervise the students and ensure each student has attended the mandatory training;
  • Interaction between the student and instructor shall be readily available;
  • The final exam shall be proctored and provided under the guidance of a licensed driver training instructor;
  • The required hours of video media is provided;
  • Attendance is documented as required in the rule.

Please send all proposals to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. The proposal shall provide clear description on how you will meet the above criteria. We will review the proposal and advise.

Virtual Classrooms: We are currently researching all proposed methods for providing a virtual classroom. We will advise which types are approved and the methods used to address the 8 criteria we established in a previous announcement. Be advised that we need to be aware of those using this type of technology and the use of such needs to be approved. The approval is a temporary solution during this time.

Regulations: All schools, instructors, and managers are expected to abide by all rules pertaining to training and eligibility. It is expected that all students will receive the hours they are required by rule, law, and agreement to have. Breaks and lunches do not count towards the required training times.

Exam Stations and Driver Testing: The Bureau of Motor Vehicles has suspended all driver testing, including motorcycle testing and state provided CDL testing. Be advised that the third-party testers are privately owned and operated and will determine whether or not they continue to provide such services.

We appreciate all of your efforts in preventing the spread of the virus. It is our intention to minimize impact upon the quality of education and businesses during this time.

Thank you!

Valerie A. Wald – State Administrator of Driver Education & Training
Ohio Department of Public Safety, 1970 West Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43223
P:(614)466-3524 F: (614)466-4993 E-mail: drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov


March 16, 2020

Active Duty Military and/or Spouse of Applications

Effective April 26, 2020, changes allowing active military personnel and their spouses to obtain a temporary professional licensure from another state provided they had the same or similar licensure in another state. The act allows an agency to review and expedite the application provided the applicant provides appropriate evidence to support the provision. In addition, the act provides for an applicant licensed under this provision may request an extension on continuing education requirements should their service prevent them from obtaining it within the required timeline.

To address these provisions for an active military applicant, Driver Training is setting forth the following changes:

Initial Application:

  • Application shall come in paper form with a cover letter stating the applicant is active military or the spouse of an active military member. This application may be faxed or emailed.
  • No fee shall be charged for an active military or spouse of application
  • The application shall include:
    • Official proof of active military status;
    • If spouse, proof of marriage;
    • Proof of valid occupational license or certification to operate as an instructor from another state or jurisdiction;
    • Letter from the other state or jurisdiction - shall include the oversight agency, address, contact information, and title of administrator;
    • background check(s), as defined in applicable rule; and
    • photo for license.

No additional proof of training is required other than the original license and/or certification and letter of good standing.

A temporary license shall be issued.

Renewal Application

Those instructors licensed under this provision are subject to renewals. The renewals will consist of the following:

  • Provide proof of current occupational license from other state or jurisdiction. The instructor shall keep the original license or certification current and in good standing with the other state or jurisdiction.
  • Certification statement (will be provided by Driver Training and separate from the regular certification statement used for instructors and managers)
  • No fee will be charged for the renewal

Applications of this nature will be expedited and thoroughly reviewed.

Continuing Education

Continuing education for the licensed driver training programs is one course every three years. Instructors, who identified as current active military, may request an extension for the continuing education requirement if during the licensing period they were serving on active duty. The continuing education requirement may be extended for the period of time the licensee was serving as active duty. Pursuant to section 5903.12 of the Revised Code, the licensee shall provide valid and official documentation of active duty prior to an extension being provided.

Limitations

  • The temporary license issued shall be valid for 6 years. However, this does not exempt the licensee from the renewal requirements. They will need to comply with the renewal requirements and provide proof of a valid license from the other jurisdiction or they successfully renewed in the other jurisdiction. Or the licensee may be issued a permanent license upon request.
  • The temporary license shall be limited to the scope and practice from the other jurisdiction (i.e. behind-the-wheel only will receive a behind-the-wheel only license).
  • If the license expires or is revoked in the other jurisdiction, they become ineligible to maintain the licensure in Ohio.
  • If the licensee is disqualified for a criminal offenses, their license in Ohio is disqualified.
  • If the licensee divorces the active military personnel, they are no longer eligible to maintain a temporary license to operate. This should occur within six months of the final disposition of the divorce, dissolution or annulment.
For further questions or concerns, please contact the Driver Training Program Office at (614) 466-3524.

March 11, 2020

Dear driving school owners and operators,

Late Monday afternoon, Governor DeWine released directives to all state agencies regarding efforts in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The directives included urging agencies to postpone large gatherings, restricting out-of-state and in-state travel, and taking other precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus. In response, we are postponing the CDL Basic Instructor Course and the New School Orientation. We are investigating other avenues to provide the mission critical courses to prevent disruption with your businesses. More information on this will be forthcoming.

The Driver Training Program Office field staff will still perform their duties with the program reviews, answering inquiries, and visiting sites for new locations and vehicles. However, the field staff will not be able to participate in providing continuing education workshops. The Driver Training Program Office staff will still be available for normal daily business operations. Be advised we will be available to assist with your concerns and provide the same support for business continuity.

All that said, we understand that your business operates in educational gatherings. We are not providing a directive for you to close your operations. We encourage you to use discretion and make decisions that are appropriate for your business. We will not make any recommendations on how to operate during this time, but understand concerns will arise. For the concerns we have already received, we are providing guidance below. Be advised these conditions are only during the periods effected by the directives and will not continue beyond.

Probationary Instructors
If you have an instructor on probation and they are unable to work, their probationary time can be suspended, meaning from the time they are not able to work their 180 day probationary time will freeze and start upon their return to work. Example: If they left at 60 days and returned one month later, their probationary time will pick back up at 61 days. This needs to be clearly documented in your files and communicated with our office for the time to be suspended or frozen.

Training Contract Deadlines
During this effected time, consideration for extending contracts will be given should the situation call for it. If you are unable to provide training due to the concerns with COVID-19 (e.g. students cancel, classes are postponed, etc.), contracts may be extended for the length of the affected time period. Example: Classes are postponed for 30 days; therefore, the contracts are extended for 30 days. Document each case in the students' files.

This is effective immediately and is currently in effect through April 30th, at which time we will evaluate the conditions and provide guidance. If anything changes in the interim, we will communicate these changes with you. Please feel free to reach out to our office with any concerns, questions, or comments.


March 11, 2020

The free video resources you were able to download from our website are currently unavailable. Driver Training is working with the Visual Communications department at Public Safety to make these available once again. Visual Communications would like a list of videos that were actually used/downloaded. If you have downloaded and used any free videos from our website in the past, please send us a list of those videos via an e-mail to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov no later than Friday, March 20, 2020.

 

General Information

Our office has recently become aware of a great resource from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. On their website is a crash statistic generator (OSTATS) that can really narrow down certain statistics by type of crash, day of the week, hour by hour, and within certain parts of the state. There is a comprehensive user guide that you can find HERE that nicely defines and outlines what you can and cannot do within the generator. Statistics are updated weekly so you can go in and get the most up-to-date information available for your area. There is also a helpline for those who need assistance or who are looking for information not contained in the generator. Happy researching!


CDL Update: Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) – Beginning February 7, 2022, a new federal law goes into effect requiring mandatory training. Individuals who apply for a first-time CDL, a CDL upgrade, or endorsement are required to attend training with an entity that is on the FMCSA Training Provider Registry (TPR). (FMCSA-2007-27748 and FMCSA-2017-0371) The required training is for a Class A CDL, Class B CDL, upgrade from Class B CDL to Class A CDL, Passenger endorsement, School Bus endorsement and Hazardous Materials endorsement. For more information about the ELDT, visit fmcsa.dot.gov.

Town Hall Meetings

The purpose of town hall meetings is for the department to receive input on current Ohio rules, processes, and procedures related to every driver training program. The meetings provides schools the opportunity to provide feedback to get a better understanding of the impact of certain processes and requirements within the rules.